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Sociologists to discuss economic inequality at ASA's Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Sociologists to discuss economic inequality at ASA's Annual Meeting in San Francisco

More than 5,000 sociologists will convene in San Francisco this August to explore ideas and scientific research relating to economic inequality and many other topics, as part of the American Sociological Association's 109th Annual Meeting. This year's theme, "Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals," draws attention to the many ways in which inequality reverberates throughout American society and the world. [More]
Dental hygienists prepare to take increased responsibilities for oral health care

Dental hygienists prepare to take increased responsibilities for oral health care

With opportunities to take increased responsibility for oral health care and to deliver care in a more comprehensive way, it's an exciting time in the profession of dental hygiene. [More]
State highlights: N.Y. lawmakers deal on heroin abuse; N.Y. birth control discrimination bill; nursing home costs in Mich.

State highlights: N.Y. lawmakers deal on heroin abuse; N.Y. birth control discrimination bill; nursing home costs in Mich.

A selection of health policy stories from New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, California, Texas, Washington state, Missouri, Massachusetts and Colorado. [More]
First Edition: June 19, 2014

First Edition: June 19, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how the 2015 insurance premium rates are shaping up across the country and details of consumers' experiences in trying to get their new coverage. [More]
State highlights: Illinois Medicaid digital shift delayed; N.C. hospitals fight cuts; heroin in New England

State highlights: Illinois Medicaid digital shift delayed; N.C. hospitals fight cuts; heroin in New England

Alexian Brothers Health System is suspending its effort to launch a new Medicaid program, blaming the difficulty of connecting physicians using different electronic records systems. The Arlington Heights, Ill.-based health system was spearheading a so-called accountable care entity (ACE) to coordinate the care of about 46,000 patients on Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. The ACEs are a form of managed care, one of Gov. Pat Quinn's initiatives to focus on preventative treatment to keep patients healthy and reduce health care costs (Schorsch, 6/17). [More]
New study examines rising disparities in AIDS deaths in NYC

New study examines rising disparities in AIDS deaths in NYC

Between 2005 and 2012, the percentage of city AIDS deaths in the Bronx and Brooklyn climbed significantly while deaths of people with AIDS in Manhattan significantly decreased, according to a new study released today by Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute. [More]
Alcohol, substance abuse doubles suicide risk in bipolar disorder

Alcohol, substance abuse doubles suicide risk in bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder and comorbid alcohol and substance use disorders are twice as likely to attempt suicide as those without such comorbidity, results of a systematic review and meta-analysis show. [More]
State highlights: Minn.'s uninsured rate drops to 4.1%; mental health care changes in Maryland, Colorado

State highlights: Minn.'s uninsured rate drops to 4.1%; mental health care changes in Maryland, Colorado

A selection of health policy stories from Minnesota, Maryland, Colorado, New York, California, Washington state, Michigan and Massachusetts. [More]
First Edition: June 12, 2014

First Edition: June 12, 2014

Today's headlines include stories examining how Eric Cantor's primary defeat will change the House GOP leadership and the Republican strategy to replace the health law. [More]
Recover programs are expensive and hard to find for addicted teens

Recover programs are expensive and hard to find for addicted teens

Families often struggle to get help for children with addiction problems. Also, a new study finds that young adults are making strong use of hospital care for mental health issues. [More]
Mass. to spend $20 million to combat opioid use

Mass. to spend $20 million to combat opioid use

Governor Deval Patrick announced the plan Tuesday that will also team with five other New England states to upgrade treatment and expand coverage abuse of the drugs. [More]
RBCC's injectable technology poised to improve use of addiction treatment drug

RBCC's injectable technology poised to improve use of addiction treatment drug

Rainbow Coral Corp. received a boost recently when researchers reported that a medication that could help tens of thousands of alcoholics quit drinking are underused. [More]
Helix Healthcare Group offers individualized treatment for substance abuse, addiction, mental health issues

Helix Healthcare Group offers individualized treatment for substance abuse, addiction, mental health issues

Helix Healthcare Group is the first integrated facility in Canada to offer a highly individualized approach in the treatment of substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues. [More]
State highlights: Mass. near 0 percent uninsured; Ga. scraps Medicaid contract bidding; states turn to public health issues

State highlights: Mass. near 0 percent uninsured; Ga. scraps Medicaid contract bidding; states turn to public health issues

When Massachusetts passed its landmark health coverage law under Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, no one claimed the state would get to zero, as in 0 percent of residents who are uninsured. But numbers out today suggest Massachusetts is very close. Between December 2013 and March of this year, when the federal government was urging people to enroll, the number of Massachusetts residents signed up for health coverage increased by more than 215,000. If that number holds, the percentage of Massachusetts residents who do not have coverage has dropped to less than 1 percent (Bebinger, 6/9). [More]
Children of parents with BD are at greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders

Children of parents with BD are at greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders

Bipolar disorder (BD) is among the 10 most burdensome medical conditions, according to the World Health Organization. The disorder is known for its dramatic highs of extreme euphoria, racing thoughts and decreased need for sleep, as well as its profound lows of sadness and despair. [More]
School prevention program can dramatically cut teen cigarette smoking in Italy

School prevention program can dramatically cut teen cigarette smoking in Italy

Results from a new multi-year initiative provide further evidence that a school prevention program called Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) can dramatically cut teen cigarette smoking. After identifying LST as the top-rated prevention program, researchers in Italy translated the LST program into Italian and adapted it for Italian youth. [More]
Feds propose easing privacy restrictions on patients' drug treatment information

Feds propose easing privacy restrictions on patients' drug treatment information

Federal officials are proposing to ease 40-year-old restrictions on the release of information about patients' drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment, so their electronic medical records can be more easily used and shared. [More]
Predictive factors ‘raise suspicion’ for emergence of bipolar disorder

Predictive factors ‘raise suspicion’ for emergence of bipolar disorder

Researchers have identified seven factors that predict which patients initially diagnosed with depression will later meet the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. [More]
Suicide risk factors are not generalisable

Suicide risk factors are not generalisable

Canadian researchers have identified differences in suicide risk factors between people with and without bipolar disorder, highlighting the hazard of generalising suicide risk factors to all populations. [More]
Canadian invasive pneumococcal disease outbreak characterised

Canadian invasive pneumococcal disease outbreak characterised

Canadian scientists have reported details of an outbreak of serotype 12F invasive pneumococcal disease that occurred in Winnipeg between 2009 and 2011 and predominantly affected people who were homeless and/or engaged in illegal drug use. [More]